Senate Judiciary Committee Votes for Amy Coney Barrett’s Nomination

National   Steven Ertelt   Oct 22, 2020   |   9:18AM    Washington, DC

The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted unanimously 12-0 to send Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the full Senate floor after Democrats boycotted the committee vote today to engage in a political stunt and falsely claim Judge Barrett wants to take away Americans’ health care.

The pro-abortion Democrats on the panel claim Americans will be hurt if the Supreme Court, with Amy Coney Barrett on it, overturns any part of Obamacare. Instead of attending the hearing and vote, Democrats gave speeches on health care as a way to oppose Judge Barrett and President Trump, who appointed her to replace outgoing pro-abortion Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Following the vote, chairman Lindsey Graham announced that Judge Barrett’s nomination will be sent to the full Senate, which is expected to vote on Monday on her confirmation.

Senator Ben Sasse, a Nebraska member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was one of the Republicans voting to move Judge Barrett’s nomination to the floor for a full vote.

“Judge Barrett ran circles around the Democrats’ failed attempts to slander her character, faith, and family during these hearings. They don’t like that Judge Barrett is going to do what judges are supposed to do – rise above politics and refuse to legislate from the bench. The polls show that Americans clearly support her confirmation. It’s time for Chuck Schumer to drop the shenanigans and get this done,” he said.

A leading pro-life group told LifeNews.com it was delighted that the panel voted to recommend President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee for confirmation to the Supreme Court.

“Today’s vote is an historic milestone for the pro-life movement, especially pro-life women, as Amy Barrett advances one step closer toward a seat on the nation’s highest court,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “In last week’s hearings, Judge Barrett’s formidable intellect and principled constitutionalist philosophy shone throughout hours of questioning. In the face of pro-abortion Democrats’ fearmongering and their media allies’ attacks on her Catholic faith, she showed grace and dignity. There is no question Barrett is exceptionally qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.

“We are so grateful to President Trump, Leader McConnell, Chairman Graham, and all our allies on the Judiciary Committee for their commitment to Judge Barrett throughout this process. Moreover, pro-life senators seized the opportunity to go on offense and educate America about the extremism of Roe v. Wade. We thank them all and greatly look forward to seeing Barrett confirmed by the full Senate,” she added.

SIGN THE PETITION: Vote to Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett

The news comes after a new national poll shows Americans support the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett by a 23% margin. It follows a Gallup poll showing a majority of Americans support her nomination.

A new Morning Consult poll shows Americans support Barrett on a 51-28% margin, and that 23 percentage point difference is an increase from the 17% margin found in the firm’s previous poll.

“Following four days of hearings, 51 percent of voters said the Senate should vote to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court, up 3 percentage points from the week before and an increase of 14 points since Trump announced her nomination on Sept. 26. It’s a higher level of support than Morning Consult measured at any time during the confirmation processes for Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — the two other jurists Trump has tapped for the high court during his presidency,” the polling firm indicated.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote Thursday, setting up a final vote by the full Senate on Monday.

During the confirmation hearings, Judge Barrett says she doesn’t consider the Roe v. Wade decision that allowed abortion on demand a “super-precedent” that can’t be overturned.

Judge Barrett said Roe is not in same category as the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling, which declared segregated public schools unconstitutional because there is still a massive debate about whether Roe is legitimate.

In comments during her confirmation process, Judge Amy Coney Barrett also confirmed she is committed to the rule of law.

“I’m committed to the rule of law and the rule of the court,” she said. If I give off-the-cuff answers then I would be basically a legal pundit and I do not think we want judges to be legal pundit. I think we want judges to approach cases thoughtfully and with an open mind.”

Judge Amy Coney Barrett delivered her opening remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday and she made two major points.

First, she talked about the proper role of the courts, saying they are not supposed to make law and legislate from the bench. She also refused to back down to attacks from Senate Democrats on her faith, saying she strongly believes in prayer and thanked the many Americans who are prayer for her amid those attacks on her Christian faith.

“I believe in the power of prayer and it’s been uplifting that so many people have been praying for me,” Judge Barrett told members of the judicial panel.

“Nothing is more important to me, and I am so proud to have them behind me,” she added.

Before that, Judge Barrett discussed the proper role of the Supreme Court.

“Courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our life,” she explained. “The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try.”

“When I write an opinion resolving a case, I read every word from the perspective of the losing party. I ask myself how would I view the decision if one of my children was the party I was ruling against,” she went on to say. “Even though I would not like the result, would I understand that the decision was fairly reasoned and grounded in the law? That is the standard I set for myself in every case, and it is the standard I will follow as long as I am a judge on any court.”

The liberal American Bar Association has given President Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee its highest rating, issuing the rating on the opening day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings in the Senate.

Last week, a new national poll showed Americans support the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett by double-digit margins.

A new Morning Consult poll shows Americans support Barrett on a 46-31% margin and that 15% margin of support is an increase from the polling firms last national survey in September following her nomination. That poll had Americans backing Barrett 37-34%, a resulting 12% increase from the 3% margin previously.

“Democrats are losing the Supreme Court messaging war, new polling indicates, with support for Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation trending in the GOP’s direction,” the polling firm indicated. “Nearly half (46 percent) of voters in an Oct. 2-4 Morning Consult/Politico poll said the Senate should confirm Barrett — up 9 percentage points since President Donald Trump announced her nomination on Sept. 26 — as more voters say the chamber should consider her elevation to the high court as soon as possible, regardless of who wins next month’s election.”

Seventy-seven percent of GOP voters back Barrett’s confirmation, up 6 points from late last month. Among independents, the share who said she should be confirmed increased 8 points, to 36 percent, while the share of Democratic voters who said she should be confirmed increased 10 points, to 24 percent.

Even Democratic voters have softened their opposition to Barrett’s confirmation: The latest survey found 59 percent said the Senate should wait to see who wins the election, compared with 79 percent who said in the wake of Ginsburg’s death that the election winner should pick the next justice.

It’s not as if Barrett’s nomination is flying completely under the radar. Though 1 in 5 voters initially heard “a lot” about it, that share had doubled just a few days later following the first presidential debate.

Barrett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame and judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, believes life begins at conception and has noted how both pro-life and pro-abortion legal experts have criticized Roe v. Wade as a bad decision. Barrett criticized the ruling for “ignit[ing] a national controversy” through judicial fiat.

Though her judicial rulings on abortion are few, she did rule in support of two Indiana pro-life laws during her time on the Seventh Circuit. She also has made several statements about the value of babies in the womb. According to the Law and Crime blog, Barrett signed a public letter in 2015 that emphasized “the value of human life from conception to natural death.”

Judge Amy Barrett was number one on the Supreme Court wish list for most pro-life voters and she was also the first potential high court nominee to get an in-person meeting with President Donald Trump. That’s not a surprising considering the president previous said he was “saving her” for an appointment to the Supreme Court should Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retire or pass away.

Barrett, a mother of seven, was a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia. Like Scalia, Barrett describes herself as an “originalist” judge.

When it comes to abortion cases, Barrett has been on the pro-life side. She voted in 2016 to allow a hearing on a pro-life law from the state of Indiana that requires abortion centers to offer a proper burial or cremation for babies they kill in abortions. And in 2019, she voted to allow a hearing on another Indiana pro-life law allowing parents to be notified when their teenage daughter is considering an abortion so they can help her make a better decision for her and her baby.